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Appropriate Wor ds or Expressions in Context

Astonished? Astounded? Bewildered? Confounded? Dazed? Dazzled?

What’s the right word?

.This presentation will help you distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate words or expressions for the given context.

On an objective test. . . . an item evaluating the skill might look like this .

A.Sample Item When Lawrence stuck French fries up his nose. or means disgusted repulsed the best or sickened. is word to fill the the right choice. repulsed repulsed Is unfazed. dazzled C. unfazed B. which dazzled. we shouted. Repulsed. blank? . “Yuck!” We were __________ by his behavior.

What if I don’t know any of words that are options? Don’t panic! Try to determine the right word by looking for clues about meaning! .

cynophobia. or the fear fear of of dogs so she won’t be interested in adopting dogs. author has or dashes that defined it for encapsulate you! It means the (or set off) the fear of dogs. sentence! The parentheses. . definition. Look at the commas. so she won’t be interested in adopting aa puppy. Sharilyn suffers from cynophobia. Look for Cynophobia! That’s such a big word! How am I supposed to know what it means? .Clue 1: Look for a definition.

he won’t he won’t get off the get off couch the couch when when I ask I ask or come or come when when he’she’s called. for forexample. Obdurate! That’s another big word! I don’t know what it means! .that a define synonym the word for obdurate . My dog Jack is obdurate. called. Look at the Look for phrases like toThe sentence! illustrate author gives . you don’t know. You or such as that can conclude that provide Jack is examples stubborn. example .Clue 2: Look for examples. for examples instance!.

she wants the opposite— to get well. Jill was sick sick with the flu. Salubrious! I’ve never heard of it! How am I supposed to know if it’s the right word or not? . she ate one. so when we explained the salubrious properties of chocolate-broccoli muffins. Look for an Look at the antonym—a sentence! If she’s word that means sick.Clue 3: Look for contr ast. so when we explained the with the flu. so to help figure out salubrious the meaning of must mean the word you health-giving! don’t know.

Only his mother Only his mother refuses to use the sobriquet. Sparky . “Cornelius!” “Cornelius!” when dinner is ready.Clue 4: Infer the meaning. shouting. the must be a meaning! nickname . Everyone calls that boy Sparky. or Sparky infer. Sobriquet! Who uses that word! I don’t know what it means! . Mothers like to which ischildren what a call their sobriquet by their real is! names. Guess.

At many objective exams. you c a n not use a dictionar y! X .

go with the one that feels right. rely on “gut” feelings. Hey.W hen in doubt. If you don’t know the meaning of any of the words. I’ve seen that word before! . Your eyes have seen in print — and your brain has registered — all of the possible words that you will encounter for this skill.

Your turn! Let’s see what you can do! .Quick Test Directions: In the items that follow. choose the most effective word or phrase within the context suggested by the sentence(s).

uplifting B. we found his dull lecture the next morning __________. A.Item 1 After an exhausting all-nighter to finish Professor Clark’s research paper. excruciating excruciating C. inspiring .

A. glanced at . scrutinized scrutinized B.Item 2 After Betsy’s last purchase of a lemon—and the dealership’s unwillingness to repair problems that she thought the warranty covered—Betsy __________ the contract for her new car before she signed it. skimmed C.

shook his head.Item 3 Walter winced as he tasted the sauce. excitement C. disdain disdain . horror B. A. His __________ for Loretta’s cooking was obvious. and sighed.

wide C. complicated B. Instead. succinct succinct . the assignment sheets are pages long and chocked full of requirements. A.Item 4 The students wished Professor Davis gave __________ directions for essays.

brevity .Item 5 Sara was filled with __________. A. a tennis racquet in her hand. for she had emailed Professor Carson to explain that she was too ill to attend class but then ran into him at the Student Center. mirth C. trepidation trepidation B.

relinquish relinquish B. amputate C. postpone . A.Item 6 Simon had to __________ his cell phone after it rang for the third time in class.

hovering C.Item 7 Roger’s car holds four people comfortably. A. extricating extricating . modifying B. but he stuffed nine classmates into the little vehicle. Larissa had difficulty __________ herself from the backseat when they arrived at her house.

lackadaisical . punitive B. but teachers loved his control of grammar. A.Item 8 Winston read his essay with a ruler. scrutinizing each line for errors. When he finished. redundant redundant C. he read it again just as carefully. We found his behavior __________.

In addition.Item 9 Larry dyed his hair blue and green and painted his face and torso in the same school colors. When his girlfriend Maria saw his game-day preparations. pedestrian . she gasped and declared them __________. he wore flippers on his feet and hands. subdued B. A. ostentatious ostentatious C.

Then we toured the __________ storerooms where the museum kept priceless treasures not on display. incapacitated .Item 10 We followed the guide down the stairs to the floor below the lobby. lofty C. subterranean subterranean B. A.

.After the denouement Or the End.

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